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Brenton C. Dodge

Brenton C. Dodge of Webster Groves, Missouri died September 1, 2013 at the age of 87. The son of Charles and Ethyl Dodge, he was born on August 12, 1926 in Scarborough, ME. He graduated from Scarborough High School in 1944, from Bates College, Lewiston, ME in 1948 and from Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia in 1951. An ordained American Baptist pastor, he served churches in Silver Spring, MD, Wilmington, DE, Bangor, PA and Dayton, OH. He also worked for the American Baptist Churches USA in Massachusetts and California.
In retirement, he moved to St. Louis in 1991 and was active in the Concord Coalition, served as a tutor with OASIS, and provided consultation in stewardship with local churches. A member of Union Avenue Christian Church, after 9/11 he became an active participant in Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis and facilitated an Interfaith dialogue group. He enjoyed playing his trumpet in the AIM and the OASIS bands and was an avid gardener.
He is survived by his wife, Karen B. Tye; two sons, Stephen Dodge and wife, Gayle of Houston, TX and Kenneth Dodge of Franklin, TN; a step-son, David Brock of Baltimore, MD and a step-daughter, Kathleen Clegg and husband, Joseph of Affton; eight grandchildren: Jason Dodge, Sara MacKay, Jennifer Dyer, Katie Lewis, Phillip and Bonnie Dodge, Aidan and Lily Clegg; three great grandchildren: Corbin and Madison MacKay and Evelyn Dyer; a brother, Malcolm Dodge of Concord, NH and a sister, Marion Moseley of Westbrook, ME; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 14 at Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Blvd., St. Louis. A time of visitation begins at 10 a.m. and the service is at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis, 483 East Lockwood Ave., Suite 107, St. Louis, MO 63119 or to Union Avenue Christian Church.


  1. Tom Huguley on September 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    To Karen and the entire Dodge/Tye family, my deepest sympathy during this time of great loss.

    Brent was a man who lived his faith with reasoned deliberation and heartfelt integrity. A man who was deeply committed to the power of God through people and their many gifts. I will also be grateful for who he was and the influence he had on my life.

    Rest in peace, my friend.

    Tom Huguley

  2. Jan Schless on September 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I was honored to know and engage in fascinating conversations with Brent as a mamber of the Wed afternoon Interfaith partnership. Brent led us with graciousness, patience and wit . He was intersted in many things and was a delightful conversationilist.
    Thank-you , Brent for your encouragement and leadership Thank-you for your model of faithfulness.

  3. Hanar Marzouk on September 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    May your memories help alleviate your sorrow ! Brenton reached out to people from other faiths and he will be missed.

  4. Ben Verhagen on September 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Karen and family,
    Brenton was a true gentleman, a kind heart, and a trusting friend. I always enjoyed seeing him at Interfaith events and corresponding with him.
    He’s shining down on us now. Please accept my heartfely sympathy and condolences.

  5. Peter Jensen on September 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

    To Karen and the Dodge/Tye family, my sincere condolence to you all at this time. It was my privilege to meet and get to know Brent at Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis. Our monthly mid-day Wednesday meetings were a success due to Brent’s example and all-inclusive love for everyone who attended. He was very alert and attentive to make sure that everyone had an opportunity to express their thoughts. He was always an example of fairness and peaceableness. He was a true gentleman, and I will miss him.

  6. Joan Brannigan on September 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    My mother taught me the best way to live is to leave the world a better place than you found it when you die. No one could ever say that Brent did not do that. I call him a gentle giant. He was a gentle man with a giant heart. I too met him through Wed. Interfaith Dialogue and felt he was a superb example of showing how to live peacefully. He took his volunteer work seriously and always showed every person equal respect. I miss him. My heart goes out to you, Karen, and your family.

  7. Don Morice on September 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    To Brent’s Family: As I sit thinking of the events happening in the world today, I reflect on the fact that if leaders in the world had Brent’s wisdom, understanding, thoughtfulness, and compassion, maybe a lot of the problems would disappear and the world would be a better place. Rest in peace Brent.
    Don Morice

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